Every manager build their teams on personal ideology and beliefs, and this affects how they train and appear to play against their opponents.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been receiving plaudits for his master class tactics that reformed the Blues and fired them to another Premier League title. This time, Spain international and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has taken a swipe at Mourinho while comparing his method with Conte’s.
On assumption of Chelsea’s helm, Conte inherited a shambolic team from the penultimate season that ended in 10th position on the log but the Italian tactician tweaked the Blues’ team after conceding heavy defeat to Arsenal and continued to be in barnstorming form since then.
Having played under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Fabregas reckons that Conte has the most demanding but product tactics.
‘Conte is something else,’ Fabregas told Cadena Ser.
‘We have run a lot this season, lots of gym work and sprints. We did very well, the team was phenomenal physically. There is a lot of pressure to go up and down [the pitch].
‘He is the coach who worked the most tactically, more than with [Jose] Mourinho and [Pep] Guardiola.
‘We have to take into account that this year we have not had to play in the Champions League, something that will not happen next season
‘Conte is meticulous. Until everything is done, training is not finished.’
Albeit Fabregas is the most creative Chelsea player, but most of his cameos of this season has been from the bench. The Spaniard was touted to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this season but his recent form would not let the Blues allow their star man to leave.
Meanwhile, we could a tad agree with Fabregas’ claim. Jose Mourinho’s side Man United have struggled in the League despite the whopping amount spent in the transfer market. Their hope at Champions League qualification is through the Europa League.